The youngest victim of a ‘crossbow massacre’ that killed five members of a medieval sex cult was groomed, sexually assaulted and lured into the sect by her Latin teacher, MailOnline can reveal.
Schoolgirl Carina U. was found dead in the mysterious murder-suicide along with another woman, while 400 miles away a man – believed to be the group’s ‘slave master’ – and two other women were found dead in a hotel room.
On Saturday, Torsten Weiss, 53, was found in Bavaria laid out on a bed with Kerstin Enders, 33, both killed by crossbow bolts through their hearts, while the suspected shooter, Farina Caspari, 30, had a self-inflicted fatal arrow wound through the neck.
Two days later, the teenager Carina was discovered with Caspari’s partner, Gertrud Caspari, 35, at their apartment in Wittingen. It is thought they died of drugs overdoses.
The 19-year-old’s parents today said she was groomed and abused by Philipp Weyer-Menkhoff, her 30-year-old Latin teacher, who killed himself in 2016. The teacher had been married to Enders – one of the women found dead in Bavaria.
Philipp Weyer-Menkhoff (left) and Carina U. (right) – her parents say the Latin teacher lured her to Torsten Weiss
Weiss has emerged as the link between the four female victims, who appeared to be part of a ‘sex cult’. He is pictured here alongside Carina U who was found dead at a separate address
Farina Caspari, 30 (left and right), has emerged as the trigger-woman behind at least three of the five deaths in Germany’s ‘crossbow killings’
Caspari is thought to have killed Torsten Weiss (left) and Kerstin Enders (right) with a crossbow bolt to the heart each before turning the weapon on herself in an elaborate murder-suicide
Carina’s parents claim her teacher introduced her to his friend Weiss at a martial arts class where their daughter fell under his spell and cut off all contact from them.
They told how their once joyful girl had quickly become withdrawn and depressive, recalling how she died her hair black and soon moved out.
Her mother recalled how Carina ‘was raving about Torsten, Torsten, Torsten’, while the father said that ‘until today I don’t understand how someone manages in four to six weeks to manipulate someone like that’.
She said: ‘Carina slipped into this affair when she was 16 and she never had a chance to get out of it.
‘There is something more behind this. It’s as if someone said, ‘Okay, this child should not live any longer’,’ she added.
The couple said Carina’s teacher had been close friends with Weiss.
They alleged he sexually abused their daughter and, along with Weiss, was part of a group where the women acted as ‘slaves’ to the men and were all sexually active together.
Carina, who changed from a normal teen to a ‘goth’ dressed all in black, became obsessed with Weiss, they added.
On one occasion she was too sick to attend school but was desperate to meet up with Weiss at his martial arts school.
From left to right: Kerstin Enders, Farina Caspari, Gertrud Caspari and Carina U appear in this dark and bizarre photo
It is thought the four female victims knew each other through Weiss (pictured), who was described as a domineering figure who isolated them from their families
German police are investigating five deaths more than 400 miles apart which they say are linked, but are not sure how. The case has captivated the nation
They claimed Weyer-Menkhoff had played a key part in her leaving home and moving into a state run home for troubled teens.
They said they sought a meeting with another teacher at her school and Weyer-Menkhoff insisted on sitting in on the meeting.
He also suggested that she move into the state run home for troubled young people.
When she was 18-years-old she moved in with Weiss in a farmhouse that he was sharing with Enders.
The parents, who are not fully identified in the interview, said they had no contact with their daughter for several years.
Prosecutors in Passau are still trying to piece together what led to the murder suicide pact and why the three chose to die at the remote hotel alongside the River Iltz.
One theory is that they chose the hotel as it is exactly 666km from the flat in Wittingen where the two other women were found dead.
The figures 666 are linked to Satanic worship with the three numbers being the mark of the devil.
Weiss has been described as a domineering figure who treated women ‘like slaves’ and ran a medieval-themed shop filled with weapons, Knights Templar flags and a blood-spattered mannequin on the counter.
Weiss and Enders were living together in Westerwald at the time of their deaths , where they ran a bizarre medieval-themed shop (pictured)
Weiss kept a mannequin dressed in ripped lingerie and spattered with fake blood on the counter, with chains and ropes around her neck and arms
‘He appears to have controlled the four women like a harsh sect leader who used physical force and psychological manipulation,’ Bild daily and RTL television reported.
In one image Weiss is seen with Carina U, whose parents said at the time she had broken off contact with them.
‘Investigators suspect they were all members of a kind of sex circle with a focus on the Middle Ages. Torsten Weiss may have been the guru of the group,’ reported RTL after interviewing several people who knew them.
In one undated photograph all four women are pictured together dressed in Gothic black, some in corsets and heavily tattooed as they pose for the camera.
Caspari was a baking assistant in a civil partnership with Gertrud – they shared the apartment together in Wittengen.
The other two women had been isolated from their families and appear to have become enthralled by Weiss.
He was holding hands on the bed in Passau with Enders who had also been shot in the heart with a bolt. Caspari’s body was alongside them. None of them had defensive wounds.
It is thought Carina and Gertrud had died sometime earlier and police are awaiting the result of drugs tests. They said there were no visible injuries on the bodies.
Handwritten notes were found alongside Weiss and Enders but police sources said they did not give any clue to the murder-suicide pact.
Two other men who are thought to belong the sex cult are being sought by police.
They have not committed any crime but investigators believe they will be able to shed more light on the cult and if any other women are involved.
‘I saw the crossbow bolt sticking out of his body’: Hotel owner tells of the gruesome moment he found bodies of guru and two slaves
by Paul Thompson
The hotel owner who found the bodies of the sex cult victims has spoken for the first time about his ‘horror discovery’.
Claus Ortmeier pushed open a bedroom door to be confronted by the gruesome sight of three people shot dead with a crossbow bolt.
In an exclusive interview with Mail Online he told how he initially thought the two women and a man had died from a drugs overdose – until he saw a pool of blood.
‘They were like puppets lying still on the bed. The duvet had been pulled up over their chest so it was hard to see the crossbow bolt.
Claus Ortmeier, owner of Gathof Pension Zur Trftsperre in Passau, said: ‘It was only when I got a bit closer that I saw the crossbow bolt sticking out of his body’
Police said three crossbows were found in the room where three bodies were discovered with bolts sticking out of them on Saturday
‘The man’s eyes were closed but the woman who was alongside him and holding his had had hers open.
‘They really did look like they were just sleeping and I first thought they had taken a drugs overdose.’
Claus said he looked across the room and saw the body of another woman partially hidden by a bath towel draped over chair.
He then saw a pool of blood on the floor and immediately ran down the stairs to call police.
Claus, 27, had been at the front desk of the family run Zur Triftsperre hotel in Passau when Torsten Weiss, Farina Caspari and Kerstin Enders checked in on Friday evening.
‘The women were dressed all in black and had heavy black make up round their eyes. They also had piercings, but that is not unusual.
‘They paid 300 euros in advance for three nights and the man said they did not want breakfast.
‘He just said that they were going to sleep and that we would not see them until Monday.
I just assumed that they might be taking drugs.’
The sparsely furnished room contained a double bed and single bed.
Claus said: ‘They did not have any luggage but the women went out to their car about 10.30pm and came back with bag. I was finishing for the night but that was the last I saw them until the morning.’
Shortly before midday last Saturday a hotel cleaner alerted him after opening the door to No 20 and seeing the two people lying on the bed.
‘The cleaner thought something was wrong so called me,’ said Claus.
‘The man had turned white. It was obvious he was dead. He was wearing a green jacket and was side by side with the woman.
‘It was only when I got a bit closer that I saw the crossbow bolt sticking out of his body The duvet had been pulled up. I then could see some blood on the pillow.
‘I saw a pool of blood on the floor and then saw the other woman. Her body was part hidden by a chair with a towel. ‘
Claus, whose family had run the hotel since the 1950s, said he saw two crossbows lying on the floor.
The guesthouse in Passau, Bavaria where Weiss, Enders and Caspari were discovered dead from crossbow wounds on Saturday
One was a large crossbow about two feet in length while the other was much smaller.
A third crossbow was still in a bag on the third single bed in the room.
He believes all three must have taken drugs to sedate themselves as no one in the hotel heard them scream out or make any noise.
‘All the rooms on the floor were occupied and no one heard anything. Not a single shout or scream which is strange as they were shot.’
The room remains sealed on the orders of the Passau prosecutor as it is a crime scene.
Claus said he is puzzled why the three chose his hotel to carry out the murder suicide and concerned it will put people off from staying.
‘They have never stayed here before and did not say why they wanted to come here. The only thing they said was that they had a long drive.’
The case has, as yet, stumped police, with Passau prosecutor Walter Feiler admitting: ‘We have five dead, that much is clear. Everything else is in doubt.’
What we do know is that, at the time of his death, Weiss was living with Enders in the village of Westerwald where the pair ran a bizarre medieval-themed shop.
On the shop’s Facebook page it offers mead – an alcoholic drink from the Middle Ages brewed with honey – for sale along with a collection of weapons.
The shop also offered sword fighting classes twice a week, on Tuesday and Thursday.
Weiss was the legal owner of his medieval-themed shop until May 2018, but worked there until his death. It is not clear who owned the shop before or after him.
The shop (pictured) also contains a number of medieval weapons and assorted props, but is otherwise empty. Neighbours said Weiss held sword fighting classes twice a week
A selection of weapons was show on the shop’s Facebook page alongside a sign bearing its name, Milites conductius
Weiss, who is believed to be the link between the four female victims, also advertised mead – an alcoholic drink made with honey – on his webpage
A sign advertising Weiss’s training classes at 6pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Little is known about Enders or how she met Weiss, but police say before the pair died they had written up wills.
Together with Caspari, the pair shared a love of the Middle Ages and in particular jousting, which they actively participated in.
Weiss, Enders and Caspari had been on the way back from a jousting tournament in Germany when they died, according to Bild.
Before he owned his shop, Weiss had lived in a rented farmhouse which he shared with Caspari, partner Gertrud and Carina in Lower Saxony.
The house was located on a 500-year-old horse farm which comprised several buildings, a former manor, 40,000sqm of land, stables and a riding arena.
The foursome are reported to have lived there for two months in 2017.
Alexander Krüger, 44, the man who rented the farmhouse to Weiss, described him as a ‘master’ who ordered the women about.
Speaking to Bild, Kruger said that Weiss initially claimed to be a psychologist wanting to rent the farmhouse with his girlfriend, who he described as a lawyer.
But after signing the lease the girlfriend never came back, Kruger said, and was instead replaced by a lesbian couple who where joined later by a much younger girl – believed to be Caspari, Gertrud and Carina.
An online advert for Weiss’s shop. Police said he shared an obsession with all things medieval with Caspari and Enders
Weiss, Enders and Caspari actively participated in jousting and were returning from a tournament in Austria when they died (pictured, and advert for Weiss’s shop)
Kruger said: ‘His tone with them was strange. They were almost submissive, I had the impression that they are hardly allowed to talk to me.
‘His tone was so harsh. Strikingly harsh. Not the way you talk to anyone. It was in short imperative sentences.
‘Their reaction, the body language was submissive, holding their heads down. If I did not know better, I’d say they were really scared of him.
‘He was the great master. He gave orders.’
Kruger added that all three women dressed in heavy black clothing, while one of them had a shaved head.
Weiss is reported to have met Caspari, a bakery saleswoman, and Gertrud, a primary school teacher, at a martial arts class some time before 2017.
Around the same time the women met him, they severed contact with their families.
Caspari’s lover, 35-year-old Gertrud Caspari, was found dead in Wittingen alongside Carina U, 19 (pictured, bodies are carried out of the property)
Undertakers carry a body bag from the house in Wittingen on Monday as police investigate the deaths of two other women connected to the deaths in Passau
Police believe the trio died on Friday night before being discovered the next day. Wills drawn up for Weiss and Enders were found in their possession.
Detectives used Caspari’s identity to trace Gertrud, who was registered as her partner, to an apartment that the pair shared in Wittengen, 400 miles north.
They arrived on Monday intending to inform Gertrud of her partner’s death, but stumbled upon another murder scene instead.
Inside they found the bodies of Gertrud and Carina who was thought to be living there at the time.
One neighbour in Wittingen told local media that the pair were, ‘always dressed in black. So gothic-wise.’
A police car stands in front of a building where the bodies of two women were found at an apartment, in Wittlingen on Monday
The three who arrived in Passau were carrying no luggage and returned to the carpark only later to collect the crossbow bags.
Three crossbows were found by police in the room, one still packed in its bag.
German law tightly restricts firearms but archery equipment is freely available as sports equipment and anyone over 18 can purchase a high-powered crossbow.